Today marks the one year anniversary of Citizens United, the Supreme Court’s decision giving corporations the ability to anonymously donate unlimited amounts of money to third-party groups hoping to influence our elections.
In the 12 months that have passed since that ruling, Public Citizen notes:
– Outside groups are making record expenditures (more than four times as much spent in the 2010 midterm election cycle as in the last midterm election cycle in 2006);
– Congressional staffs and lawmakers are intimidated by corporate lobbyists like never before;
– Laws designed to protect the political system from the corrupting influence of money have been rendered dead in 24 states; and
– Power has shifted in dozens of congressional seats in races won with the help of undisclosed outside money.
Click here to read their full report.